by Ken Bruen
Two guards; one nun; one judge. When a letter containing a list of victims arrives in the post, PI Jack Taylor is sickened, but tells himself the list has nothing to do with him.
He has enough to do just staying sane. His close friend Ridge is recovering from surgery, and alcohol's siren song is calling to him ever more insistently. A guard and then a judge die in mysterious circumstances.
But it is not until a child is added to the list that Taylor determines to find the identity of the killer, and stop them at any cost.
What he doesn't know is that his relationship with the killer is far closer than he thinks. And that it's about to become deeply personal. Spiked with dark humour, seasoned with acute insights about the perils of urbanisation, and fuelled by rage at man's inhumanity to man, this is crime-writing at its darkest and most original.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 09/04/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781848270183
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Review by SandyLee
I don't think there is anyone who writes dialogue better than Ken Bruen. His character, Jack Taylor, is flawed but Bruen makes him so endearing you can't wait to see what comes out of his mouth, or his thoughts, next. Jack receives a letter in the mail listing the people that will be murdered. He dismisses it as a crank letter but then the people start dying. In the previous book Jack was headed to America, but a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer so he stuck around for support. With the Jack Taylor series, the author focuses more on Jack's life in Galway, Ireland, writing it like a diary, with whatever case Jack is working on set in the background like an afterthought. This may aggravate some people but when it's a character driven series such as this and a writer like Bruen, I can forgive him anything.